Title: HMAS Hobart – The Story of the 6 inch Cruiser 1938 – 1962
Author: Lind, Lewis James
Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 1971
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 76 pages
Comments: The detailed history of HMAS Hobart 1938 – 1962. Now a scarce and highly desirable ship history book.
HMAS Hobart (D63) was a Modified Leander class light cruiser which served in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) during World War II. Originally constructed for the Royal Navy (RN) as HMS Apollo, the ship entered service in 1936, and was sold to Australia two years later.
During the war, Hobart was involved in the evacuation of British Somaliland in 1940, fought at the Battle of the Coral Sea and supported the amphibious landings at Guadalcanal and Tulagi during 1942, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1943, then returned to service in 1945 and supported the landings at Tarakan, Wewak, Brunei, and Balikpapan.
Hobart was placed in reserve in 1947, but plans to modernise her and return her to service as an aircraft carrier escort, training ship, or guided missile ship were not followed through. The cruiser was sold for scrapping in 1962.